Woodpecker Problems: Continued Tips & Tricks From ASR

Woodpecker Problems

Woodpecker Problems:

In today’s post, our panel of experts at American Standard Roofing pick up from where we left off discussing woodpecker problems. As the summer comes into full swing woodpecker problems are on the rise. People have been complaining about holes on the outside siding of their homes. In today’s post  our team will discuss the kinds of deterrents and preventive measures that will work when it comes to woodpecker problems. Here is a list of things compiled by our experts:

Preventive Measures:

Recommendations

Lighter Colors:

A Cornell Lab Study cited earlier also points out that aluminum and vinyl sidings that are lighter in color are less likely to be pecked and damaged by woodpeckers. The drawback however is pretty obvious. If they continue hammering, it can get loud and frustrating for homeowners. Woodpeckers usually stop hammering in the spring time when they start breeding. This is because they mostly hammer to attract a mate and to mark their territory. If you want to see results in how to get rid of woodpeckers, go for lighter color sidings.

Wood gets more damage:

How to get rid of woodpeckers? This is a big one. Wooden sidings and trimmings compared to metal or aluminum, get damaged more if woodpeckers hammer on them. A good measure would be to switch to metal or aluminum, depending on the area the home is built in.

Commercial areas get less damage:

Homes built near wooded areas are obviously more vulnerable to damage caused by woodpeckers. Comparatively, homes in commercial areas are less prone to damage caused by the birds. This is because wooded areas are more of a natural habitat for the bird.

Call the Exterminator:

If the pecking is due to woodpeckers looking for food, the holes made on the outside will be small and irregular. This is opposite of when they are making a nest (in which case the hole will be round and large). If you see irregular holes, the problem is more than likely insects inside your trimmings and sidings. Woodpeckers eat larvae of insects. An exterminator will know how to get rid of woodpeckers and be able to get rid of the insect problem permanently.

Other Methods:

According to a study published in Journal of Wildlife Management, there were six preventive measures tested to see how to get rid of woodpeckers. They also were tested to see if they could prevent long-term damage from woodpeckers. These methods included using life-sized plastic owl and fishing lines with plastic eyes (to give the scare-crow effect), using reflective streamers with shiny coating, sound system with calls of a hawk to scare woodpeckers and roost boxes among others. Test results showed that scare crow effect techniques only worked in the beginning. Later on the woodpeckers got used to them. The only effective method was using the streamers whose color and wind effect kept woodpeckers from doing damage.

In addition to above deterrents, our experts also suggest that they have heard of some success with homeowners using reflective tape and strips of aluminum foils along the places where there is damage. Sometimes windsocks and pinwheels work too. Sometimes people use bird nets for gardens to get some extent of effectiveness. Unfortunately nothing works 100% all the time, and homeowners need to engage in variety of tricks to keep woodpeckers at bay.

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Ridding Woodpeckers From Your Home: ASR’s Basic Guide

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Ridding Woodpeckers:

Here at American Standard Roofing we get a lot of questions about ridding woodpeckers from homes. While everyone enjoys the birds singing, flowers blossoming and bees buzzing, no homeowner wants woodpeckers pecking on the outside of their home damaging it. The most frequently asked question is the most important one: ridding woodpeckers. Homeowners in particular are interested to knowing about preventive measure that can be taken to limit the damage caused by woodpeckers. Another most frequently asked question we get is why these woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the houses.

In this 1st part, our experts have done some research on ridding woodpeckers. We will discuss all of these important issues and give some tips and advice on how to keep your home woodpecker free and ridding woodpeckers the safe way.

Why do Woodpeckers Peck on the Outside of my Home?

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In order to learn how to get rid of woodpeckers, readers first need to learn on why woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the house. According to Cornell Lab Study published in the journal Human-Wildlife Impacts there are four main reasons why woodpeckers peck on the outside of your home

  1. The bird is trying to mark it’s territory by making a loud noise.
  2. Because the woodpecker wants to create a nest. In that case the hole they make will be round and large.
  3. The woodpecker might be feeding off on insects living on the inside of the sidings and trimmings.
  4. The bird might be storing food. Different breeds of the bird are known to store acorns in those holes they peck.

Our roofing experts would also like to point out that the most common culprits in the Michigan area are the Acorn, DownyHairy, Pileated, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

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Stay tuned for part two of this series to learn more about the preventive measures!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have a lot of experience with trips and tricks for ridding woodpeckers. We specialize in proper method & procedures too. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Thinking Long Term: How ASR Stays on Top

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Thinking Long Term:

In today’s post our panel of experts will be discussing thinking long term. With such a small percentage of businesses surviving past their first year, it is important to when thinking long term so customers can trust a business’s brand name. Our experts explain that thinking long term means learning the basic principles and applying them correctly. In today’s post, we will discuss what makes us stand out from the rest.

1. Test of Time:

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Our business has stood the test of time. That means, it does not revolve just around us. A lot of business owners just want to do it all, from sales to accounting, and this may work in the short term. But to build something that will last generation you have to be able to trust people to do their jobs. Here at American Standard Roofing, we hire the most competent people and then give them all the necessary freedom and tools so that they can perform optimally.

2. Expand Your Service Provision:

Different Types

We always try to create a win-win situation. In the roofing industry, thinking long term is crucial. Competition is fierce. We try to turn every situation to our advantage by providing outstanding customer solutions.  We have a habit of learning from our mistakes so the next time we can gain positives if same situation arises. We explore every possibility when it comes to customer satisfaction and make sure that we are capable of offering every service that a homeowner may need.

3. Focus on Niche:

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Our experts explain that the reason why we are number one is because we focus on our core business. Instead of being jack of all trades, we master one: roofing. We are the absolute best in the business when it comes to the these core competencies. In dealing with customers it is very important to maintain flexibility so that you can accommodate a wide variety of people. In our case, our company mission was to focus on roofing. And we made sure we pursued it wholeheartedly and 100% of the time.

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have a lot of experience with thinking long term. We specialize in proper method & procedures. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.